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Husain Akhtar
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/27/2006
 

Colour to BW


When converted from colour to black and white, my images look greyish - no real black or white!
How to get near about true BW? Thanks.


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10/5/2006 2:16:30 PM

 
Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  the best way I found is to go to layers and then NEW ADJUSTMENT LAYER and then CHANNEL MIXER, press ok and then check the box in the bottom and turn to monochrome....play with it...you can change contrast etc.
Just turning it into GRAYSCALE will not do...maybe that is what is making them yucky for you. Maybe others have more input or know of another way...


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10/5/2006 3:52:10 PM

 
A C
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2004
  Debbie's method is my favorite. But for more and more and more ideas, go to this thread:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=23415

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And if you are looking for an easier approach:

go to http://www.photo-plugins.com/ and download the free black and white conversion plug-in


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10/5/2006 4:11:02 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  I have to agree, the channel mixer, is a very good method, and by far my favorite.


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10/5/2006 6:36:43 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Don't forget it could also be the photo you're starting with. Not good contrast.


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10/5/2006 11:08:33 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  If you don't have channels - use Levels, Contrast and a bit of dodge and burn as well :)


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10/6/2006 4:04:58 AM

 
Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  OK MH, your gallery is full of color....after all this you now need to post one in black and white so we can see how you've done! consider this an assignment. lol


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10/6/2006 4:11:53 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Also you need to add a Curves adjustment layer to fine tune the contrast after you've converted. Never EVER use Brightness/Contrast adjustments, as this just throws away pixel information.


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10/6/2006 9:10:09 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Just don't make it suck. Life philosophy.


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10/6/2006 11:38:16 AM

 
Husain Akhtar
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/27/2006
 
 
 
Yes, Debbie! I have now unloaded a black & white image of the 'Boat trip'to my gallery!
I have used the bw plug-in for the conversion to bw - have used the 'curves' layer and the adjustment layer to fine tune but I still feel that the image is lacking true white or black! What do the folk think!


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10/6/2006 1:32:22 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Back lit and overcast. You got your blacks but the whites look as expected. You want brighter whites, increase the contrast.


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10/6/2006 4:04:38 PM

 
A C
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2004
  I don't agree. I don't think the whites need to be brighter.


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10/6/2006 4:46:08 PM

 
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